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June 19, 2017
In February, I relocated to Sri Lanka from Burma to become the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Resident Program Director. Since 2015, Sri Lanka has been in the midst of a democratic transition that has created opportunities for political reform and reconciliation following decades of... Read More
February 09, 2017
In recent years, Argentina’s economy has been challenged by high inflation and unemployment, defaulted bond payments, and almost no growth. Corruption has been a challenge, with Transparency International... Read More
December 20, 2016
Dina Bani Doumi says that she feels inspired and more confident since joining IRI’s Empower program in 2014. “The program helped me a lot! First and foremost, in my daily life among family members, I feel like I can speak... Read More
December 16, 2016
Balancing the governance equation IRI’s Citizen Academy program is modeled after longstanding, successful municipal outreach programs in Alexandra, VA and Scottsdale, AZ. The program started in Jordan near the end of 2015. Citizen Academies provide city residents with the knowledge and networks... Read More
July 26, 2016
Last week, I was asked to be on a panel on “Utilization of Evidence and Research” at the USAID Democracy, Rights and Governance Partners’ Forum.  I spent some time during my presentation talking about complexity-aware approaches, and how to make sure that evidence stays relevant in the... Read More
May 25, 2016
We Africans sometimes complain about how others are not focusing on our story. Take for example the Paris attacks in late 2015; the media coverage stirred to my mind memories from Kenya’s own Garissa University attack. Some say there is inequality in coverage between the Paris attack and terror... Read More
May 09, 2016
April 03, 2016
Good governance work takes many shapes. When I tell my friends what I do and describe good governance, I use the definition “government institutions managing public resources and making sure it is done with citizens input.” Depending on where you are, this can look very different. For example,... Read More
October 14, 2015
This past week IRI led a study tour of local elected officials from Ukraine's southern Black Sea coastal cities of Mykolaiv and Kherson to Lithuania.   IRI has been working with local elected officials on transparency and communication issues, as well as to create connections between the... Read More
September 25, 2015
No country, including ours, is free of corruption, and scandals have recently been roiling governments throughout the hemisphere. From Guatemala’s president and vice president implicated in a customs fraud scheme, to Brazil’s Mensalao kickbacks from the state oil company to Mexico, Peru, and beyond... Read More
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Casey Cagley

Assistant Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean Division